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IT Governance: Key Trends to Expect

The COVID-19 pandemic had far-reaching impacts on businesses across the world. Today, IT governance is an inevitable topic of discussion of corporate boardrooms, academic roundtables, and policymakers. This article at What-When-How discusses the present status quo and future trends in IT governance.

The Current Scenario

As business environments continuously change and new technologies evolve rapidly, governing IT effectively remains an enduring and challenging question. “Designing effective IT governance is dependent on both the differentiation and integration of decision-making for IT across the portfolio of business IT investments and process,” says the author. Differentiation here means the distribution of IT decision-making rights and responsibilities among different stakeholders. Integration focuses on coordinating the decision-making processes and structures. Therefore, companies must implement integration mechanisms for the effective governance of IT.

The Future Trends

The author classifies the integration mechanisms for IT governance into two dimensions—vertical and horizontal. Vertical integration emphasizes integration structures or processes. On the other hand, horizontal integration focuses on the division between formal processes and relational networks and capabilities. Some future trends of IT governance include:

Recalibrating the Board Dynamic

Clarity will be sought from directors and executives on the lines of decision-making. Today, the traditional distinctions of responsibilities between the board and the management are blurring. Additionally, special efforts may be necessary to restore board monitoring duties.

Reimagining the Company

The company boards that have successfully recovered from the pandemic will now follow top business leaders’ call to ‘reimagine’ the organizational mission. This will allow companies to find broader solutions that define future possibilities. Further, shared learning defines the mutual understanding between board members concerning organizational goals and objectives.

In addition, expectations of individual director engagement in board deliberations are likely to increase. Also, conflicts of interest applications and independence policies are expected to be more rigorous. To read the original article, click on

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